4oD gets brand new features

Channel 4 has announced that they are to launch a range of brand new features on their video on demand service4oD.

Channel 4's catch up TV service 4oD is to obtain a range of new functionality

The new functionality from Channel 4 will be available on a range of different devices

The range of new features includes the live streaming of digital television channels, the ability to watch 4oD offline on your mobile and ‘pause and play’ functionality.

Channel 4 announced the new changes at the Channel 4 Upfront 2013 event, and revealed that their video on demand service 4oD is watched by one third of young people in the UK.

The new changes are set to go live from 2013, and the ‘watch live’ feature will allow users to watch content on 4oD on a range of devices including iOS style devices such as iPhone’s and iPads and other Android devices.

The catch up TV service will also become the first in the UK to allow viewers to watch their favourite Channel 4 content offline without the support of adverts meaning that users will be able to watch programs such as Hollyoaks offline on a range of devices beginning with iOS in early 2013 and eventually expanding to Android later in the year.

The ‘pause and play’ functionality will allow users to watch a program on the catch up TV service, pause it and then continue watching it on a different device from the same point that they previously paused their viewing.

Channel 4’s commercial and business development director Sarah Rose said “We’re very excited to be the first commercial public service broadcaster in the UK to offer mobile offline viewing, enabling our viewers to catch up with Channel 4 wherever they may be,”

“And the introduction of ‘Watch Live’ on the move and cross platform ‘Pause and Play’ is great news for our young-skewing audience who are increasingly watching our content on multiple mobile devices.”

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About Jane Stott

I'm Jane, a content executive at Digital TV Selector. When i'm not arguing with Ben and the rest of the team about digital TV, I can be found perusing Westfield mainly and spending my wages on things that i'll ultimately one day return as they 'make my hips look too big'. Writing for Digital TV Selector is great fun, especially when you consider how much the industry has moved in a short space of time, we went from high definition to 3DTV almost in the blink of an eye, and are already discussing where we want to be next! Over the last few years, the way we interact with digital TV has also changed, in most part due to things like Facebook and Twitter, but also through new technology such as TiVo, PVR's, Freeview and even broadband. These are amazingly fun times for digital TV and it's great to be part of such a fast moving industry!
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